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Our Evergreen Journey

Our Gold Status Certificate for Heritage

Birchwood’s environmental statement indicates that we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment by actively reducing, reusing and recycling waste; reducing energy consumption and making use of alternative energy; promoting wise water usage; maintaining and growing the flora of the property wherever possible; creating awareness amongst staff, guests and visitors about environmental best practice; and acting in a way that ensures that the operations are as sustainable as possible.

In 2009, we embarked on a massive greening initiative with the aim to be the greenest hotel and conference centre in southern Africa. Relationships have since been built with sustainable practice service providers with the aim to limit and reduce the impact of our operation on the environment. Our ultimate goal is to achieve energy independence and operate completely off the grid.

Birchwood currently holds Gold Classification Status in the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme.

TO  DATE,  OUR  GREENING  INITIATIVES  INCLUDE:

  • Installation of solar water heating systems in the 200 new-build rooms in May 2010
  • Installation of eco-friendly shower heads in all the rooms Creation of the Birchwood Green Team, Ever Green who champion greening activities
  • 2000 environmentally friendly taps installed throughout the entire property
  • Separation at source’ recycling programme throughout the entire property, including the †hotel †rooms, conference centres and public areas
  • Programme to systematically replace all the present lights within the Birchwood property with LED lighting
  • Programme to systematically replace a number of inefficient existing boiler and geyser systems with solar water heating systems and heat pumps
  • Constantly investigate the feasibility of alternative energy, such as EECO Fuels. EECO Fuels is exploring ways to provide the hotel with a system to generate bio diesel from used-cooking oil

 

Find Us

Viewpoint Road Bartlett,
Boksburg,
1459,
South Africa